Arm Lift

Our plastic surgery team is proud to offer arm lift procedures to individuals who experience excess skin on their upper arms resulting in the “bat wing” effect.
  • Contours the upper arms
  • Corrects loose and excess skin and tissue
  • Improves self-confidence and body proportion


Would an arm lift be right for me?View Procedures & Treatments

After significant weight loss, you may have excess skin on your upper arms. Fortunately, you can turn to arm lift procedures to correct the sagging skin. You should be a healthy, nonsmoker who is at a stable body weight and has adequate skin elasticity. You should also be willing to accept some scarring as a tradeoff to achieve removal of the excess hanging skin.

How is an arm lift performed?

The arm lift procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and takes between one and two hours to complete. It may be done under a local or general anesthetic. For some patients, if the skin will shrink on its own, liposuction alone may be performed.
Arm lift incisionArm lift after illustration
Typical arm lift incision and outcome

When beginning, your plastic surgeon will make incisions in the inner part of your arm traveling from the underarm toward the elbow (incision length varies). A combination of liposuction and skin excision is used to tighten the skin on your upper arms. Sutures will be placed to close the incisions and maintain the new shape of your arms.

What can I expect after an arm lift?

You should expect two to four weeks for recovery with some swelling and bruising lasting up to two weeks. Pain medication may be prescribed to manage discomfort and tape and compression garments will be worn during this time. You will probably be advised to keep your arms elevated and minimize movement during recovery from the arm lift.

As with all surgical procedures, there are risks involved with brachioplasty. Some possible complications that may arise with arm lift procedures may include changes in sensation and pigmentation, poor healing and scarring, bleeding, and infection.

If you struggle with excess upper arm skin, you are encouraged to contact the plastic surgery team in Overland Park to learn more about arm lift procedures to correct the issue.